Movie review: End of Watch

Michael Pena, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from the movie End of Watch.
Michael Pena, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from the movie End of Watch. Scott Garfield - Roadshow Films publicity website

END of Watch has all the usual ingredients of a typical cop movie - good guys, bad guys, mean streets, guns and car chases.

But this latest offering from the director of Training Day has elevated the cop film genre to a new dimension.

The opening scenes are reminiscent of the US television show, Cops. Audiences take a front seat for duty following officers Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Pena) when they patrol the streets of South Central LA.

Dealing with dope-peddling hustlers and gun-wielding gangsters is all in a day's work.

But when Taylor looks too deeply into a drugs bust, the pair becomes cartel targets.

But the real focus of the film is on the relationship between the two LAPD cops, with conversations of love, family and children spilling in their cop car in between jobs.

The acting is brilliant and is some of Gyllenhaal's best.

The relationship grows stronger throughout the film as the two cops enjoy tender moments with their own families which strengthens their own professional and personal relationship.

The only thing letting End of Watch down is the hybrid documentary filming.

Cameras are placed in the officers' shirt buttons, police cars and Taylor carries a handicam.

The film didn't need this, it is just distracting and the scenes filmed in the usual fashion work much better.


End of Watch

  • Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, David Harbour,
  • Director: David Ayer
  • Rated: M
  • Stars: Three stars

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